ODF, Tillamook State Forest, wildfire

Behind fire lines at the Game Hog Creek Fire

These trees experienced such high temperatures as flames burned beneath them that their needles died. The torched trees may pose a future fire hazard. Game Hog Creek Fire, July 22 2021, Photo: Chas Hundley

Parked across Idiot Creek Road on Thursday, July 22, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Terry Hudnall was the first indication that a wildfire still smoldered just west of the Coast Range summit in the Tillamook State Forest. 

Hudnall, providing traffic control at the Drift Creek and Idiot Creek Road junction at the Game Hog Creek Fire, is usually a mechanic at the Forest Grove District for the Oregon Department of Forestry. He’s been with ODF for more than 30 years. 

But on Thursday, Hudnall wasn’t a mechanic. He was one of 107 people assigned to fight the fire that day, each serving a . . .

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